Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) will this week welcome several of the 96 tub girders required to support the front bridge of its new terminal.

Each of the new steel girders is roughly 100ft long and weighs 120,000lb. While almost every element of the Terminal Modernization Program is being made in the Pittsburgh region, the tub girders were custom built by Tampa Steel and shipped the 1,222 miles north.

On arrival at PIT, they will be used to construct the two-level, 1,300ft bridge that will deliver travellers to both the arrivals and departures levels of the new terminal, which is scheduled to open in 2025.00:42

The front bridge’s design will give passengers direct access to the terminal as well as the adjacent new parking garage, which will provide 3,000 more covered spots than the airport currently offers.

Tampa Steel will ship 96 girders and cross members in total. For loads this size, drivers are required to get permits in each state they plan to drive through. They are not allowed to drive on nights or weekends.

This is the first of 200 truckloads of material coming to the airport from Tampa Steel, with the final deliveries expected in late February 2023. Their installation will begin in March.

Image: Julie Bercik/ Pittsburgh International Airport